PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: A presidential primary shall be held on the first Tuesday in March in a presidential election year (every 4 years) for the nomination of candidates for the office of President of the United States to be voted for at the succeeding Presidential Election, held in November of the same year.
For the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election, you will be receiving an absentee ballot in the mail. The ballots will be mailed by the VT Secretary of State’s office starting Sept. 21st. We strongly encourage you to review the entire ballot, make your selections and return the ballot to the Town Clerk’s office as soon as possible. The ballot may be returned, in person, to the Town Clerk’s office M-Th. 8am-4pm. There will be a ballot box for convenient deposit. You can also come to the Town Clerk’s office on November 3rd and deposit your ballot that day. If you prefer to mail your ballot, please do so very soon after receiving it to be sure it gets to the Town Clerk’s office in time to be counted. The mail will be delivered and received on November 3rd, but ballots will not count if they are not at the Town Clerk’s office on November 3rd No Later Than 7pm.
2016 Presidential Primary was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Eden voters cast their ballot at the Eden Central School, Knowles Flat Rd, Eden, VT from 9AM to 7PM. To view the the results of the vote, click on the links below:
PRIMARY ELECTION: A primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in August in each even numbered year for the nomination of candidates of major political parties for all offices to be voted for at the succeeding general election, except candidates for president and vice president of the United States, their electors, and justices of the peace. 17 V.S.A. § 2351
In 2020, the primary election was held on Tuesday, August 11th. Voting took place at the Eden Town Office from 8AM to 7PM.
Early and Absentee voting is always available. You or a family member can request early ballots in person, in writing or by telephone. An authorized person can request ballots for you in writing. Early absentee voting may take place 45 days before the election by one of the following methods:
- Vote in town clerk’s office.
- Voter may take the ballots out of the clerk’s office for him or herself and return in same manner as if the ballots were received by mail.
- Have ballot mailed to you and return it to the clerk’s office before Election Day or to polling place before 7PM on Election Day.
- If you are sick or disabled, you may ask the town clerk to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home on any day preceding the day of the election (once ballots are prepared) or the day of election.
TOWN MEETING: Held on the first Tuesday of every March.
What is Town Meeting Day? What happens on Town Meeting Day? How did Town Meetings begin? Did you know the first Town Meeting in Vermont was held in Bennington in 1762? For a brief history of Town Meetings in Vermont, check out A Citizen’s Guide To Vermont Town Meeting.
“Town Meeting Day is the whole point of being a Vermonter”, says Paul Gillis, in his article, A Final Word On Town Meeting.
The Eden Town Meeting is held at the Eden Central School, with discussion regarding the Town budget beginning at 9AM.
To view the warnings and results for past town and school meetings, click on the links below:
As of July 1, 2017, Eden Central School is now part of the Lamoille North Modified Unified Union School District (LNMUUSD). In late February of each year, the combined elementary school budget, Lamoille Union Middle & High School budgets and Green Mountain Technology & Career Center (GMTCC) budget discussion takes place at GMTCC in Hyde Park. Also on Town Meeting Day, ballots can be cast on these three proposed budget items in each of the member towns voting locations.
GENERAL ELECTION: Held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even numbered year.
During general elections in Vermont, elections are held for the positions of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff, County Clerk, and Probate Judge. Officials elected to these offices are elected for a term of two years.
In 2018, the General Election was held on November 6, 2018. Voting at the Eden Town Office took place from 8AM to 7PM. 412 of Eden’s registered voters participated in the election – 49%.
To view the results of this and other past elections for the State of Vermont please visit: Election Results
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION: For everything you need to know about voting in Vermont, visit the Vermont Secretary of State’s website:
To vote in the Town of Eden, you must be:
1 a citizen of the United States;
2. a resident of Vermont and a resident of the town of Eden;
3. take, or have previously taken, the Voter’s Oath (formerly called the “Freeman’s Oath”); and
4. be 18 years of age or more.
Once you are registered to vote you do not need to re-register unless you move to a new town. In order to be eligible to vote in a particular election, your Application for Addition to the Checklist must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the day of the election. The town and city clerk’s offices must be open at least from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on this Wednesday. If you apply through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or another voter registration agency, your application must be postmarked or accepted before the Wednesday preceding the election.
If you have any questions, please contact the Eden Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 635-2528.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: In Vermont we make it easy to vote. If you will be out of town, are on military duty overseas, or just prefer to vote early or by mail, you can vote by early voter absentee ballot. Voting starts as soon as ballots are available, not later than 45 days before the primary or general election and 20 days prior to a municipal election that uses the Australian Ballot.
All early voter absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm or the close of the Town Clerk’s office on the day before the election. A request for an early voter absentee ballot is good for only one year.
FORMS FROM THE STATE OF VERMONT
For more information regarding Primary & General Elections, Town Clerks, Campaign Finance, Lobbyists, Voting, Town Meetings, Running for Office, etc., contact Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, at 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-1101, (802) 828-2363, or visit: http://vermont-elections.org/soshome.htm